Hopwired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We're pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you'll find nothing else like it on the shelves.

Although there's plenty of malty sweetness, this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries... Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry??

Decide for yourself, or just enjoy it without further complication. Cheers!

70 IBU

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at "Total Wine and More" in West Orange,NJ. A very nice change of pace and different take on the usual IPA. The New Zealand hops give it a more tropical flavor, unlike any beer I've had before. The head was about average, maybe an inch and a half and dissipates fairly quickly. Broad lacing as I slowly sip away at this gem.

I'm going to have to make this part of my regular rotation. Hopefully the store I got this from can keep it coming. A real nice and unexpected treat.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, slightly orange color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of fruity hops with a bit of buttery toffee.

Tastes of clean hop notes up front with a nice malt backbone. Hops lead off with tropical notes of melon and pineapple. This leads into some grassy, pine, and citrus notes. Moderately bitter, but could be more so for a DIPA. Toasted malt gently wades its way in with light caramel notes along with toffee and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA, that I would not quite classify as a DIPA. It gets knocked down to a 3.5 due to price, $9.98 for a half liter.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Warners. No BB.

From iPod notes.

Pours a fabulous slightly hazy deep gold amber with a two finger head. Head dies to a film, with spotty lace.

Aromas of pine resin, some hops, and citrus grapefruit.

Taste is complex and medium heavyweight hop driven with a wonderful malt backbone. Grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is a little under carbonated, medium weight, verging on oily but not quite.

Overall a really well made example of style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

This is a great beer. The color was a deep orange with some off gold highlights and a firm off white cap on top, decent retention and stick. Smell is hopped up, west coast style with a sweet malt build, very pungent with tropic fruit and just freshness from the keg vs bottle. Smells like some of ports DIPA's. Taste is extremely pleasing and soothing without going overboard with bitterness. Juicy, with big tropics, some pine and some bubblegum in the back, a semi sweet note, well rounded. Feel is medium, a nice build, not watery, I would order this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-golden hue with rather thick head of white silky head. Nose is fresh citrusy and pine. Palate offers a grapefruit delight with plenty of pine, some sharpness from the hop bite and citrusy interplay, and light candied malt to balance it just a little. Finish offers more grapefruit and pine.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, floral, and spicy hops with some sweet caramel and lightly bready malts.

T - Starts off with some grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral, grassy, and spicy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuity malts. The finish is a mix of tropical and floral hops with some resiny bitterness and sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice strong hop profile and bitterness throughout. Good overall balance.

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Photo of inandon
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From first smell it has an overwhelming earthy, grassy, and hoppy feel. But as soon as it was tasted it wasn't as strong as it seemed.

It has a great look and smell but the taste and mouth feel just wasn't there. Wish it was more hoppier that would fit the name better.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Crystal clear copper-amber pour with two finger head that quickly fades with nice lacing. The nose is all New Zealand hops. Especially prominent are the Nelson Sauvin, my favorite! The taste is all New Zealand as well. The hops are dominant and unique. Resiny and distinctly Kiwi. There's a bit of grapefruit and pine, but not like an American IPA. And that signature Nelson Sauvin earthy, vinous, almost oniony flavor. For me it's hard to describe, but I just know that I love it. The mouthfeel is oily and slightly chewy with a nice bitter and subtly dry finish. This is one of those unique beers that stand out in a crowded IPA market. These Kiwis are a force to be reckoned with!

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Photo of match1112
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours crystal clear copper color with a half inch of white sudsy head. ring after ring of lacing is left behind as this is drank down. smell and taste are very similiar, no surprises. lots of citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and grass blend wonderfully to makwe one hell of an ipa. mouthfeel is medium to light. carbonation is spot on for me. a touch of oil in the body with a short lived dry finish. very well done beer. get one if you can. mouthfeel was marked down because it tasted like a burnt brown sugar note on the finish, just a little too strong of burnt flavor for me.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with some very light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head made up of large bubbles which reduces to a small patch of large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate notes of toffee malt sweetness under a strong presence of hops. I detect mostly tropical hops with passionfruit, papaya, and some kind of berry (maybe blackberry). There are also some light hints of grapefruit/citrus and pine.

T: The taste of this beer is similar to the smell - there is a moderate amount of malt sweetness with caramel, toffee, and honey notes. Additionally there are lots of tropical hop flavors including passionfruit, papaya, and blackberry. There is a light note of grape as well as grapefruit/citrus. Very light amounts of non-lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish. Slightly sticky/resinous.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and found it to have a great aroma and flavor. I like the strong hop flavors without a lot of bitterness. Definitely one to get again.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a clear gold-amber with 1.5 fingers of sticky yellow head.

Smell. Toasted malts and caramel, spicy hops and a little citrus ...lime and lemon.

Taste. Big floral hops, some nice toasted malts, tropical fruits, a little grass. Interesting and tasty hops in here.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, Medium-low smooth carbonation.

Overall. Really nice beer. Different and interesting.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Tasty Beverage

Appears a little darker than amber crowned with a slim, but persistent sticky head. Rings of lace stick to the glass here and there. Sticky tropical fruit aroma upfront...pineapple sweetness, oily resin, and subtly spicy floral and citrus. Fresh, green hops hit the tongue, though it's not at all overly bitter. Weed, citrus fruit, grass, and a touch of pine. Some alcohol pokes through, but plays well with the hops. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Despite the hints of alcohol, my glass was emptied pretty quickly. Tasty and green all around. One of those beers that kind of treads the line between IPA and Double IPA.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/6/12

A clear light copper with some slow tiny bubbles feeding a two finger head that falls rather quickly and only leaves a few random patches of lace

S tangerine, passion-fruit, lemon, lime, some pineapple and canned peaches, very tropical nose but still has some malty caramel and a little pine, smells great

T not quite as nice as the nose but still pretty solid, much more pine and lots of lime rind, what I smell's still there but toned down just a little, some earthy tones on the finish

M medium bodied with just enough bubbles, a little grit left behind and just a little slick, slightly sticky on the lips with a nice bitter bite

O great IPA coming out of the South Pacific, no booze detected anywhere and very well rounded with a awesome nose

I would've listed this a single IPA and I'm rating it as such, I'll drink this again for sure even though its a little pricy in my neck of the woods. I'm pretty excited to try the other 8 Wired stuff that just entered Alberta, yet another welcome addition to the shelves here

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, a nice surprise to see the first Kiwi microbrewery available in Alberta.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden amber hue, with two bulbous fingers of silky and foamy off-white head, which leaves a few aggressive flourishes of whipped cream lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter citrus rind, acerbic pine resin, blended tropical fruit, earthy black tea, and lightly toasted and somewhat buttery, grainy malt. The taste starts with a strong pine and spruce tips bitterness, some sugar-free grapefruit and lime fruitiness, with a few tropical fruit notes lending some subtle sweetness, until the bready, moderately caramelized malt brings up the rear, which is more or less free of any alcohol intransigence.

The bubbles are a tad playful, but harmless enough, the body a decently solid middleweight, but with a slightly tacky cloyingness, one which precludes outright smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bitterness barely losing a half-step, and the fruitiness and malt doing well to keep things between the ditches.

A commendable strike into the heart of the American IPA West, despite the label's protestations to the contrary. I'm not getting a lot of the proclaimed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine characteristics, beyond a minor tic in this otherwise textbook (in a good way!) bitter hops/adequate malt archetype of the west coast Yankee way. Good on 'em for trying, but the ideal seems to just resist change.

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Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, good amount of lacing down the glass. Smell is bursting with tropical fruits and bitter hops, berries, pineapple and orange, lightly sweet malts that take on a honey graham cracker scent, very inviting fruit scents dominate in a very good way. Taste is dry and bitter, hoppy throughout, grassy and lemony flavours, tropical fruit is there but not the all out assault the nose suggests, some biscuity malt is there to add some balance, dry bitter finish. Medium dry feeling carbonation, med body, lightly resinous but dry feeling all over. Very nice IPA, the aroma that this gave off was truly lovely would certainly welcome this or any other 8 wired offering for that matter.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich amber with cream colored head, two fingers off a vigorous pour. Sticky lace doesn't budge. Settles to a tight 1/8 layer which sticks around for the whole glass.

A - Passion fruit, black tea, a whiff of toastiness and caramel.

T - Resionous and grassy. Biting bitter citrus rind. Black tea. Toffee.

M - Prickly and sharp from the hops and carbonation.

O - Southern hemisphere on full display. The malt was a bit rich somehow for me, but overall a tasty and unique hopbomb.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I absolutely love the inspiration that American IPAs provide to up and coming brewing communities around the globe. With this new found inspiration, the real identity comes from the use of domestic ingredients from the region that the beer is brewed. In this case, New Zealand is capturing a taste all their own.

Hopwired pours with a rich bronze hue that's deeply ambered and brilliantly clear. A very creamy off white head builds atop the beer and retains stubbornly while lacing firmly on the glass. Despite its filtered look, the beer foots the bill of what IPAs in appearance.

Bold malt aromas set the stage with notes of toffee, caramel, and nutty brittle. But the firm malty scent that's somewhat reminescent of butterscotch is also accompanied with a thin and sharp grapefruit and spruce aroma that rivals the aromatic balance but falls just short of the hop dominance that's expected of the style.

Flavors however show the more classic balance of IPAs but with some peculiar flavors to boot. The toffeish malt flavors anchor the beer firmly so that a multicultural dance of white grapefruit pith dances with exciting flavors of under ripened white grapes, sassafras, juniper berries (or gin-like) acidity, non-nondescript tropical fruits, and a piney bitterness sets in with a resin bitter finish that more than offsets the sweetness but garners a quick demand of flavor just before the finish.

Medium bodied, but the rich malt complexes make the beer feel richer than it should to start especially when considering the toffee influence of English ales where the malt is more fortified and the yeast is moderately attenuative. Yet the beer achieves a semi-dry finish with a resiny hop dryness of spruce, juniper, and grapefruit that form the final impressions of growing dryness that's slightly harsher and more astringent of grape seed than I would have liked.

Where the malts speak Brittish, the hop intensity speaks American, and the herbal/twangy hop aroma and taste speaks domestically New Zealand- the session leaves me with an uneasy heirachy for the beer, yet I find myself very satisfied with the beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden orange with 1 finger of creamy head. Excellent clarity and heavy carbonation throughout the glass. Has a thin layer of webbed lacing with good head retention.

N: There's definite pomegranate aromas. Notes of blackberries, lemon juice and papaya with traces of caramel in the background.

T: Pomegranate, hints of blackberry and caramel and a drop of pineapple juice are upfront. Papaya, toffee and lighter notes of lemon juice are mid-palate. Maybe even a twist of lime. Finishes with grapefruit pith and lemon zest.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, sticky and moderately bitter.

O: This is not your typical American IPA. This is brewed with all New Zealand hops and malts. The malt seems to be tilted towards toffee flavors while the hops are very unique in themselves. Rather than your standard citrus/pine you get some pleasant pomegranate, blackberry and grapefruit. This beer is very easy drinking at 7.3%. Although this one can be a bit pricey ($10.45 for 16.9 oz) it's a definite must try for hop enthusiasts.

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Photo of Offa
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale amber, med. big creamy off-white head steadily shrinks to thin creamy top, then to foamy ring. No lace.

Aroma is Malvasia Bianca or Muscat grapes, sweet grapefruit, juicy yeastiness, hint of pineapple, strong and flowery.

Taste is very spicy-juicy, mostly grapefruit, and light sweetness with lightly dominating spicy-grapefruit bitterness that dominates finish and lingers a bit. Dryish, it has zesty, minerally faint yeastiness. It is pretty good and has some nice elements, but in the end, most of the elements a bit vague, it’s a bit too spicybitter and mostly ends up being one-dimensionally grapefruity with nothing else.

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Photo of champ103
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark copper/red color. At first a tow finger white head forms that gently recedes to a small ring. Patchy lace is left behind.
S: Pine resin, tree sap, dank musky hops. Burnt sugar and a caramel sweetness. Finishes with a strong bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of pine resin and dank musky hops. Some caramel sweetness. A big hop bomb with a long bitter finish.
M/D: A full body that is thick and syrupy. Sticky, like an adhesive on the tongue. A bit of alcohol. Though the strong pine resin followed by the long lingering bitterness makes this a one and done. Really harder to drink than I want.

For the major hop heads only. For me it is hard to finish. This has a lot of harsh bitterness that detracts for me. Not something I am coming back to.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Pours a clean slightly darker than normal golden colour. Good carbonation coming up to a finger of soapy white head. Bright. Good rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - A wack of juicy kiwi hops. Tropical fruit galore. A little bit of pine is there as well.

T - Tons of tropical fruit, and citrus notes. Pineapple, a mild boozy note, and some pine. Mild malty backbone with caramel undertones, but there is a whole heck of alot of hops in there to be showcased. Tasty, tasty stuff.

M - Good, strong bitterness. Nice carbonation, not too strong. And a medium to full body. The mouthfeel is quite cool with a fairly strong bitterness that is preceded by a tingly sensation. Cool stuff

O/D - One hell of an IPA. Strong, flavourful, drinkable, and complex. Lovely. I could drink alot of this.

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Photo of Brad007
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This might be one of, if not the lowest ABVs that I've seen for an imperial. It stood out.

Pours a nice copper-gold color with a two-finger head into my glass. Lots of lacing too!

Piney hop resin in the nose with not much else. Buttery malt? Very hop-forward.

Lip smacking bitterness is thankfully of the pine variety. Crisp. Powerful. Warms the mouth.

Plenty of bitterness for those who seek it in the mouthfeel. Better carbonation here too.

Well worth a try.

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Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle shared by Steve, into a tulip.

Unfiltered orange, with some browner tones in the body. White head with a dense head of retention. Good lacing. Nose is all grapefruit, but it isn't completely dominating or overpowering. Complementary tropical fruit notes assist this, in addition to some nice sweetness and a biscuity/bready malt base. Grapefruit again on the palate, but a bit of other citrus noes and a general hop fruitiness. Juicy and resionous hops and again a biscuity/cracker maltiness. Modest bitterness, really flavourful and drinkable. An impressive IPA, I'd have this again and again.

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Photo of jrecchiarife
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt orange color. It is quite cloudy. Very little head. Almost no lacing.

The aroma is very tropical with lots of mango and white grape. The smell of the sweet malt is very prevalent as well.

The taste is a surprising balance of hop and malt. The hop character comes off as very tropical, with some deep strawberry notes. The grape taste is not as obvious as it is on the nose. The malt is very sweet and compliments the strawberry flavors.

The bitterness comes through near the end leaving the tongue numb. This is a dry one for sure. The carbonation is hard to ignore as it leaves an almost stinging-like tingle.

Overall a very interesting beer. Having had New Zealand hops before, this one is still different. It doesn't have the usual skunk, nor the usual citrus. This beer is mostly dark fruit that is ultimately balanced out by a very sweet and smooth malt.

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Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color, clear, with a huge off white head.

Aromas are great, passion fruit, white wine, mangos, and hints of earthiness.

Taste is resiny and bitter, dry, with some caramel and light breads and tea.  Finish has notes of peaches, bitter citrus peel, and resin.  Very tasty, but not quite as good as the nose suggests.

Good smooth and full mouthfeel.  

Excellent IPA, competes with Epic for best in New Zealand, and would hold its own well against many American IPAs.

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Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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